Status: WIOA reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and was passed by Congress and signed into law in 2014 to be authorized through 2019. In 2018, states are required to submit a second WIOA plan.
Purpose: WIOA supports workforce development activities and funds job training programs for displaced adult and youth workers. The legislation modernized the nation’s workforce development system and streamlined existing employment and workforce-related education and training systems via unified planning and delivery, common measurements for program performance, and more uniform data collection and usage among many other improvements to WIA.
Connection to Career Technical Education (CTE): WIOA emphasizes greater coordination between workforce development and CTE through aligned definitions, the requirement that postsecondary CTE be a local infrastructure partner, the option to do a combined state plan that meets the planning requirements for WIOA’s core programs and at least one other federal program, and other provisions.
Resources on Understanding WIOA
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Full text of WIOA
- U.S. Department of Labor Overview of WIOA
A summary of WIOA programs and reforms
- WIOA Regulations
A website with resources related to the final rules and regulations for WIOA
- Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) Policy Guidance and Memoranda
A web page that features program memoranda related to career pathways, infrastructure funding of the one-stop delivery system and more
Resources on WIOA Implementation
- Realizing Innovation and Opportunity in WIOA: Implementing the Playbook for Creating Effective State Plans (July 2016)
Strategies from the National Skills Coalition for states to develop and align career pathways
- Aligned by Design: WIOA and Career and Technical Education (June 2015)
An overview from Advance CTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Skills Coalition of opportunities for aligning the workforce system and CTE
A U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration website with webinars, guides, and other resources related to WIOA implementation